THE 2023 FLC AWARDS:
EASIER SUBMISSIONS, MORE RECOGNITION

Applying for FLC Awards is about to get a whole lot easier. We’ve upgraded our submission platform and streamlined the process with a single timeline for both national and regional recognition. That means you can spend less time filling out forms and more time on award-worthy technology transfer.

Starting this summer, there will be only one submission period and only one judging period for all entries.  Once the submissions have been judged and scored, the FLC will announce selections for National Award winners as well as “Best in Region” winners for select categories. All winners will be recognized at the FLC National Meeting, scheduled for March 28, 2023. The “Best in Region” winners will also be honored separately by their respective regions later in the year. 

 

2023 AWARDS PROGRAM TIMELINE

July – September 2022: Submission period

October – November 2022: Judging period

December 2022: Winners are selected and notified

January – February 2023: Award winners review their profiles and prepare posters and videos to share at the FLC National Meeting

March 2023: National Awards are presented and Best in Region winners announced at the National Meeting Awards Ceremony

Spring/Summer 2023: Additional recognition for Best in Region winners (organized by FLC Regions)

 

National Awards will be presented in these categories:

Excellence in Technology Transfer Award: Recognizes employees of FLC member laboratories and non-laboratory staff who have accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring federally developed technology. The award will be based on contributions during the past 10 calendar years from the award entry submission date.

Interagency Partnership Award: Recognizes agency and/or laboratory employees from at least two different agencies who have collaboratively accomplished outstanding work in transferring a technology. The transfer of the technology will have occurred within the last five years.

State and Local Economic Development Award: Recognizes successful initiatives that involve partnership between state or local economic development groups and federal laboratories for economic benefit.

Impact Award: Honors employees of FLC member laboratories and non-laboratory staff whose technology transfer efforts have made a tangible and lasting impact on the populace or marketplace ranging from a local to global scale. The focus of this award is to recognize the powerful impact technology transfer can have, no matter how simple or complex the technology transfer effort. The nominations will be judged on contributions made during the past 10 calendar years.

Technology Transfer Innovation Award: Recognizes federal laboratories that successfully implemented innovative or unconventional technology transfer approaches that resulted in a significant increase in technology transfer (T2) activities. This award will be based on sustainable programs and mechanisms implemented during the last five calendar years from the award entry submission date. Innovative T2 efforts that have previously received an FLC National Award are not eligible.

Rookie of the Year Award: Recognizes the efforts of an FLC laboratory technology transfer professional with three years (or less) experience who, during the past year, has demonstrated outstanding work in the field of technology transfer that is significantly above and beyond what was called for in the normal course of their work.

Outstanding Technology Transfer Professional Award: Recognizes the efforts of an FLC laboratory technology transfer professional (or team) who has demonstrated outstanding work transferring a technology in a manner significantly above and beyond what was called for in the normal course of their work. Technology Transfer Program Managers, Office of Research and Technology Application (ORTA) Representatives, and Commercialization Managers are considered ideal candidates for this award.

Laboratory Director of the Year Award: Honors Laboratory Directors who have made maximum contributions to the overall enhancement of technology transfer for economic development.

FLC Service Award: These three awards recognize individuals involved in technology transfer activities who have provided noteworthy support to the FLC as an organization. The Harold Metcalf Award recognizes an FLC volunteer, the Representative of the Year Award recognizes an FLC Lab Representative or Agency Representative, and the Outstanding Service Award recognizes an individual who is not an FLC volunteer or representative.

Contact Jessica Znidarsic at jznidarsic@federallabs.org for more information.